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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 68, September 16-17, 1856

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Identifier: DX03678343

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 68, September 16-17, 1856

Description: Mentions his doubts about leaving Hannah Bennett his diaries as records of his life in New York because he believes America to be ''morally rotten.''

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is, he [Clarence Eytinge]'s had his amours too.

Eminently New Yorkish, the whole of it!

It is my deliberate conviction that this country is morally rotten throughout. Adultery, Fornication and Abortion are rampant every where. The oldest vices exist in diabolic vigor in this model Republic, — and it Won't last.

x x x x

I had thought once, kind, chaste, good, loving Hannah Bennett, in case of death taking away from me the hope of making you mine own dear Wife, — to leave you these records. But would it be well to let you see how vile a world I'm living in? Oh how little you ken of what is done, every day! Alf Waud runs away with another man [Albert Brainard]'s wife [Mary Brainard], and now lives in adultery with her. Will Waud seduces a poor girl who loves him, and deserts her and her child. Sol Eytinge is a double adulterer. I'd swear that [James] Parton had a husband's privilege before his marriage [to Fanny Fern] — Let him that is without sin cast the first stone! God pardon us!

Deliver us from temptation! Lord Christ deliver us from temptation! Amen!

A mob out’s doors, yelling and hooting like fiends on some dirty political row — as I write. 'Tis near midnight. How looks Chacombe now? Oh Hannah, may God in Heaven bless you!

17. Wednesday. To Masons and had a talk about book. He [Lowell Mason] proposes to pay me my tenths on the sale only on the disposal of the third thousand,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1856-09-16

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing
Abortion
Adultery

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